Meet in Münster, one of Germany’s most beautiful cities
A congress destination since 1648
As early as 1648, Münster made a name for itself as a congress location when delegates from all over European negotiated the termination of the Thirty Years’ War in the city and the Treaty of Westphalia was signed in the town hall. Today, Münster is not only a youthful, liveable and for many the most beautiful city in Germany but also a professional host for conferences, seminars and congresses.
Münster - a city with quality
With a history going back more than 1,200 years and a picture-perfect city centre full of historic houses and architectural treasures, Münster is a city where the past is very much alive. At the same time and with a population of 300,000, it is a thriving economic centre in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The city has even won an award for the best quality of life in the world.Throw in first-class conference venues and event facilities and you have a standout MICE location that can compete on an international level.
Did you know?
As many as 100,000 people cycle in Münster every day and since there are two bicycles for every residents, the city has twice the amount of bikes as inhabitants!
Transport & Location
Transport and Location
Münster can easily be reached from the rest of Europe within a few hours. Located about 80 miles north-east of Düsseldorf, it has its own airport, Münster-Osnabrück International Airport (FMO), which is only 25 minutes outside town. German Rail’s high-speed ICE trains call at the main train station. Important to know: Münster is Germany’s bike capital and cycling the local’s favourite mode of transport. The ‘bike station’ at the train station, for instance, can accommodate 3,500 bicycles, making it Germany’s largest bike parking facility!
Münster features four congress centres, 21 special event locations such as museums and castles plus 20 hotels in the business and superior category. The trade fair and congress centre Halle Münsterland is the venue of choice for large events and has hosted anything including international trade fairs, big scientific congresses for up to 4,000 people or rock concerts. Sustainability is key here: The venue has been Green Globe certified since 2010 and is leading in Germany and worldwide when it comes to organising green meetings and events.
Münster’s university and technical college also offer a wide variety of spaces for conventions. The 18th century city palace is now used by the university and provides some stunning options for events and receptions. The LWL Museum for Art and Culture is not only the centre for fine arts in Westphalia but with its impressive foyer also an ideal space for events such as award ceremonies, talks or festive dinners. Or try Speicher 10, a unique warehouse-style venue in the former production halls of an industrial bakery, which now offers state-of-the-art conference and event facilities including first-class catering.
There’s also a wide choice of conference hotels such as Mercure Hotel Münster City which combines a central location with eight conference spaces for up to 240 delegates. Mövenpick Hotel features altogether eleven conference and convention rooms for up 580 guests while Factory Hotel combines industrial and modern features in eight meeting rooms and one large auditorium. Traditional Kaiserhof is a conveniently located conference hotel close to the main train station and centre, offering eight modern meeting rooms of different sizes for flexible use.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
Get on a bike: You haven’t experienced Münster if you don’t do it like the locals and cycle around this beautiful, green city. The infrastructure for cycling is second to none and special guided cycle tours introduce visitors to the city’s main sights and history. Apart from the highlights in the historical city centre such as the Prinzipalmarkt square which is surrounded by 48 gabled buildings including the town hall, Münster also features the ‘Allwetter Zoo’ which is open every day of the year, providing different options for your accompanying programme of activities.
Münster is also home to Germany’s only Picasso Museum and known internationally for its ‘skulptur projekte münster’, an open-air sculpture display taking place every ten years. Artists from around the world, such as Henry Moore or Claes Oldenburg, have specifically created sculptures for this unique art in public spaces initiative and their works have become characteristic sights of the city.
Numerous world market leaders are headquartered in and around Münster, innovative industries attract highly skilled professionals. The strongest industry sectors and clusters of expertise are healthcare, mechanical engineering, food, logistics, knowledge-intensive services as well as innovative materials and resource efficiency.